Hip-hop’s inherent regionalism is one of the unique aspects that separates it from the ever-changing horde of new trends, but the feel-good “small town” tropes that fuel classic Americana don’t always resonate with a fanbase that looks to metropolitan mega-centers like Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City and Atlanta as the hubs of cultural relevance. HYPEBEAST’s new series, Regional Rappers, spotlights up-and-coming hip-hop and R&B artists in America’s not as densely populated regions.

If he has his way, Bogalusa, LA will enter the national stage.